WATCH: Rosie Duffield Will Quit Labour if Izzard Stands on All-Women Shortlist

Rosie Duffield told a Labour fringe meeting at conference that she’ll quit as a party MP if Labour allows Eddie Izzard to stand for a seat on an all-woman shortlist. A tweet reporting as much was covered by PinkNews, though Guido’s now managed to dig out said clip.

“I’m absolutely not the only Labour woman MP who will leave the party if Eddie Izzard gets a place on an all women’s shortlist.”

She also emphatically told the audience that Eddie Izzard is not a woman, and Labour MPs agree with her on that. Surprisingly, PinkNews didn’t report the massive round of applause Duffield received…

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Shadow Minister: Boris Used Asian Home Secretary to “Do His Dirty Work”

The fallout from yesterday’s Rupa Huq row seemingly didn’t stop Shadow Rail Minister Tan Dhesi from making similar eyebrow-raising comments on race in the Tory Party. At a fringe event, Dhesi accused Boris Johnson of “getting someone of Asian heritage to do his dirty work” for him. He also said he’d rather see a “white male” in Cabinet than Kwasi or Priti…

“You know, I’d much rather have a white male, who is caring, who’s compassionate, who wants an inclusive society, rather than having somebody like Priti Patel, who’s acting against the interests of the minority communities. I’d rather have somebody who cares about the communities that we live in rather than having someone like Kwasi Kwarteng who is going to gamble with our futures”

“As I said, the Prime Minister is getting somebody of Asian heritage to do his dirty work and that’s why there are accusations of tokenism from so many within the British Asian community”.

Guido doesn’t consider Tan’s comments to be half as bad as Rupa Huq’s. His quote about Boris having an Asian do his dirty work for him, alongside Huq’s referral to Rishi as “a little brown guy”, is indicative that Labour somehow questions the legitimacy of non-white Tory Cabinet ministers. Does anyone get the sense Labour are slightly panicked about the Tories having a more diverse front bench than they do?

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Streeting Promises “No More Waiting 15 Years for an Ambulance”

A slight slip-up from usually slick Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting this morning, as he passionately vowed no one in Labour Britain will have to wait 15 years for an ambulance. The script emailed out by Labour HQ definitely said “‘hours“. To be fair, 15 hours in politics these days does feel like a lifetime…

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WATCH: “Keir Won’t Forsake Me…” Streeting’s Labour Karaoke Crooning

As usual, the final night of Labour conference ended with the traditional singsong at the Mirror’s boozy after-party. While Starmer himself scooted off before the tunes really started, Wes Streeting, Angela Rayner, Jonathan Ashworth and Lisa Nandy all gave it a go. Wes’s Starmer-ised rendition of Robbie Williams’ Angels was something else. Still, Guido leaves it to co-conspirators to decide who belted it out the best…

Hat-tip: Adam Bienkov

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Rupa Huq Suspended from Labour Party, Loses Whip

160 minutes after Guido broke the exclusive audio, Huq has been administratively suspended by the Labour party and thus lost the whip. Labour won’t allow anyone to steal the limelight on Keir’s big day…

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Labour Basing Energy Policy on Bust Company Currently Suing French Government

Sir Keir has just announced Labour’s plan to create a taxpayer-funded “Great British Energy” company. Already they’re briefing out how they aim to see it eventually grow to the size of France’s EDF. According to Beth Rigby, a Labour source claims

“The hope is it will eventually be an EDF… When oil & gas discovered in North Sea it thru private companies & Tories spend profits on tax cuts. Norway set up a sovereign wealth find for oil & gas. This a new generation of energy & we want Brits to take a cut… [The Tories’] plan fails to account for need to deliver clean power. We have a fossils fuel crisis and they double down. Renewables are 9x cheaper & investing in them the way to get proper energy independence & lower bills”

Someone needs to remind Sir Keir that EDF are currently suing the French government – i.e. French taxpayers – for the small sum of €8.4 billion for being forced to sell their energy at a loss. EDF predict the total losses for the year could reach as high as €15 billion, which will have to be picked up by taxpayers because EDF is being nationalised. Meanwhile over in the US, back in 2009 a solar cell company called Solyndra took in $535 million courtesy of the taxpayer, only to later collapse. It should not be the job of government – using your money – to keep throwing money into green schemes, hoping to back a winner… 

Hat-tip: Matthew Lesh

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